Friday, October 15, 2010

Mary McDonald's Interiors - Color Intense

This post is totally prompted by Mary McDonald's book on her 
interior designs by publisher Rizzoli (they always publish stunning
coffee books with gorgeous photos - can't go wrong with them.)  

I highly recommend this book for color inspiratin as Mary McDonald
is one of my favorite designers.  She has such a genius for mixing
colors and traditional interiors.
The following is just a sampling of her many many design projects
that she has completed over the years. 

I'm sure many of have seen this gorgeous office before.  
Inspired by the signature color of Tiffany's, Mary McDonald's
office has been published and posted about countless times.
It is one of the prettiest offices I've ever seen.

Here's another iconic room by McDonald that has been posted
about everywhere.  The colors and the wallpaper are to die for.

This gorgeous dressing room is straight out of the pages
of the book.  It's every girl's dream dressing room!  All 
it needs is a tea set in the room.

Talk about a dramatic entrance.  Now that's a way
to use pink - don't be shy and go all out.

 Many people know of McDonald's traditional style 
with a twist of color - but she can also do modern.

Love the color palette for this modern design.

A black and white dining nook.

 A brilliant hallway and wall with bright pops of orange.
The orange goes perfectly with the Zebra brown pattern
and light blue drapes and walls.

 Mary McDonald bedrooms are simply dreamy.  A bed that
one wants to jump into is guaranteed along with drama and

 The beds are usually the focal point in her rooms.  The floor 
detailing on the side of the room is unique. 

Definitely didn't forget the drama in this room with red walls!
The white tones the intense colors down and sumptuous fabrics
are used through out the room.

 Talk about a romantic chinoise four poster canopy bed.  I have no
idea where she found this bed, but it's absolutely gorgeous.

 I love the floral panels in the back with a bed that doubles as a 
super luxurious lounging area complete with canopy.

Another look at the same room.  Notice the detailing of the painted ceiling.
McDonald never forgets to pay attention to ceilings.  She has such a way
of pulling all the different elements together.

 Red is such a bold and dramatic color.  It is very easy to muck up a room that 
has a large amount of a powerful color like red in it.  Mary McDonald strikes
just the right balance.

A highly popular romantic bedroom that I've seen many times.  
It's easy to see why this bedroom is popular - it has all neutral
colors - but done up in a chic and posh way without sacrificing
any comfort.  It looks like what a bedroom should be - a sanctuary.

Such beautiful details...

The Allure of Style

If you like what you see in Mary McDonald's rooms,
I highly recommend this book.  It has tons of inspirans.
There is something for everyone - the details she puts 
in her rooms are just amazing.


Karena said...

Adore Mary McDonald's design work!!

That gray and pale blue bedroom is to die for!!

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Splenderosa said...

Simply beautiful. Maybe someone wonderful will give me this book for Christmas :)

Linda in AZ * said...

* She's A FAVE of mine!!!... Just rcvd my copy a few days ago, and could NOT be more excited/thrilled about it!

This is bound to be one of the BEST in my collection, & being a "Pay attention to the ceiling!" nut, I am gleaning soooo many great new ideas... (And even if I WEREN'T, just the cover ALONE is drool-worthy!)...

Linda in AZ *

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

So many time when I'm researching photos, and I find one I really love, I look down and it's a Mary McDonald room. She's just a great mix of trend and tradition with a little surprise and risk thown in to wow us. I've used many of these photos on my blog too....just love her!

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Beautiful rooms, and yes, the Tiffany blue office is drop-dead gorgeous!!

I love ceilings that are either painted a colour other than white or that have great architectural detailing.

One small thing -- the turquoise dining room is actually a Sarah Richardson design.


ashlina {the decorista} said...

wow karen. such a great post. she is my absolute hero!!!!

Alkemie said...

Thanks for the wonderful comments! Kelly - thanks for the correction, I'll remove it from the post.

Karen O.

Marvin said...

I love every designs here on your blog. My favorite is the bed that doubles as a lounging area. I'm sure my wife would be glad when I show it to her. It would be perfect for our DIY Build-houses-and-rooms project. I like how the canopy makes it look intimate and relaxing, plus the floral panels. But I think it'd go flawlessly with just the gray color too. We started doing a do-it-yourself-house construction eight years ago and we were hooked since then. We have redecorated the houses of our parents and my brother already, and they just loved the results.

1001natt said...

Very nice pictures, I just LOVE the colors:)

Judy said...

They all look beautiful! The carpets are inspiring. I saw some of those designs before, but what I love this time is the black and white rug! It seems so fluffy. I have a collection of fluffy rugs which I ask the carpet cleaning (Greensboro, NC) services to vacuum. These Greensboro carpet cleaning guys are doing a very good job as they've been servicing me for years now. Thanks for sharing these wonderful designs!

Jasmine x said...

All very beautiful!! I'm absolutely in love with that 4 poster bed though! Does anyone know where to get it from?

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